Weekly Soccer Column: Kill the World Cup whining about the Group of Death(s) & other chatter

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Meanwhile, English newspaper The Guardian is reporting that Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o will head to the Galaxy for next season, snubbing former AEG president Tim Leiweke who wanted him to land in Toronto, although another top name is allegedly not heading to Southern California despite media reports.

Still, the Galaxy appear to be clearing salary cap space for some big off-season signing.

Out the door Monday went the likes of the retiring Pablo Mastroeni, who has unsurprisingly called it quits on a 16-year MLS career that saw him make just a dozen bit part appearances for the Galaxy after leaving the Colorado Rapids, as well as starting defender/midfielder Sean Franklin, mid-season Chivas USA pickup Laurent Courtois and sparingly used veteran Colin Clark.

Franklin, who made $248,333 last season, is one of several big names in Thursday’s annual re-entry draft, although it’s unclear if he really is departing the franchise or the Galaxy simply want to re-work his salary. The Galaxy have yet to respond to my calls seeking more information:

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World Cup Draw Reaction and analysis

2014 World Cup draw: Live updates and analysis

On Friday at 11 a.m., the draws for the 2014 World Cup will be announced. Essentially, what will happen is this: From each of the four pots, one team will be chosen and placed into a group. This will be repeated until the bracket has been filled. Think of it as Selection Sunday for soccer, but live. And you can keep track of what's happening right here. The big question is where the United States will end up, and who …

View “2014 World Cup draw: Live updates and analysis” on Spundge

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Suffering LA Galaxy withdrawal? There is an alternative: the Ontario Fury

ontariofurylogoMissing live soccer already with both the Galaxy and Chivas USA concluding their MLS seasons early?

The indoor Ontario Fury concludes its inaugural season opening three-game home stand with a 4 p.m. Sunday game against the unbeaten Las Vegas Legends.

Chivas USA defender and longtime U.S. international Carlos Bocanegra will be on hand to sign autographs.

More on the Professional Arena Soccer League is here.

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Galaxy-Xolos in CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals after LA Surrender in El Salvador

Same. See you then. RT @herculezg: CC @MLS RT @MLS: CC: @LAGalaxy RT @herculezg: Yes… Can't wait. #CCL

— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) October 25, 2013

U.S. international Herculez Gomez sounds ready for the match-up. Are you?

Relive tonight (You know Nicolas Munoz will want to after a hat trick inside four minutes then adding a fourth before half time to wrap things up, if not Galaxy coach Bruce Arena):

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MLS Western Conference playoff race tightens with Dallas win over Chivas USA

It’s fair to say the come from behind Dallas win over Chivas USA in Carson Wednesday may have more significance for Galaxy fans than fans of the Goats at this stage of the season. With the win Dallas pulled within a point of the Galaxy in the incredibly tight division.

It was typical Chivas USA, getting a goal in front on a storybook restart to an MLS career by the re-signed Brian de la Fuente and then caving in to Dallas pressure with an evaporating defense that had goalkeeper Dan Kennedy looking appalled (and rightfully so).

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